In which James Bond film did Sean Connery wear the Bell Rocket Belt
Peter Burton was over 40 when he landed the role, Desmond Llewelyn was almost 50 and John Cleese had another decade under his rocket belt
. At this rate, Family Guy prodigy Stewie could be next in line.
So the Mexicans, never short of a good idea (colour television, contraceptive pill, rocket belt
, the computer mousepad and Speedy Gonzales were all Mexican inventions), have come up with a brand new marketing pitch that is more than a thousand years old.
Probably the best known is the Bell Rocket Belt
, which featured in the James Bond movie "Thunderball", but could only fly for 30 seconds and is now gathering dust at the Smithsonian Institution in the United States.
The Martin Aircraft Company, which worked on the project, was founded in 1998 specifically to develop a jetpack that could fly 100 times longer than the 26 seconds of the Bell Rocket Belt
, built in the early 1960s.
The first personal jetpack was built by the US military in the 1950s, but the Bell Rocket Belt
stayed airborne for 26 seconds before crashing.
So the show raises the dangers of travelling by rocket belt
, and the impracticality of having a robot as a house servant.
Both the V-1 and the Komet are relics of the past, but hydrogen peroxide flight lives on in the form of the Rocket Belt
, introduced to the public by James Bond in 1965's "Thunderball." The backpack contains hydrogen peroxide, which, when sprayed over a silver catalyst, generates the powerful jet of steam and oxygen that propels the wearer through the air for some 30 seconds.
The hot jet of steam generated 280 pounds of thrust and launched the world's first free flight by "rocket belt
But the Rocket Belt
had the disadvantage of running out of fuel after 30 seconds.
In 1961, Weekend Magazine predicted that by 2000, "Rocket belts
will increase a man's stride to 30 feet, and bus-type helicopters will travel along crowded air skyways.
New concepts making use of strap-on devices promise to make age-old dreams of personal flying come true and have leapfrogged hydrogen peroxide-powered rocket belts
, which had been at the forefront of research.